Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


593

Forb
Winter annual/Biennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it on roadsides, woodlands, streambanks, fields, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White to pink
Bisexual
4 petals
8 stamens
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Indehiscent capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Myrtales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Oenothera gaura   FAMILY Onagraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Gaura biennis   FAMILY Onagraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 137-04-004:
Gaura biennis   FAMILY Onagraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Biennial Gaura, Northeastern Gaura, Morning Honeysuckle


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image of Oenothera gaura

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_gabi2_001_lvd

        

image of Oenothera gaura

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_gaura_biennis_10

August    Wilkes County    NC

Flowers are borne on wand-like, 1-8" spikes. Buds are less than 0.8" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Oenothera gaura

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_gaura_biennis_10b

August    Wilkes County    NC

4 clawed petals, 8 conspicuous stamens, a style with a 4-lobed stigma, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Oenothera gaura

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_gaura_biennis_11

August    Wilkes County    NC

A tall plant (5'+) with long branched spikes bearing many small flowers, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.